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Post# 955591   9/1/2017 at 11:32 (289 days old) by brucelucenta ()        

Wow! Already September. This is a cool machine, very impressive looking too. It is one of the last of the piano key Kenmore's that were popular in the last 60's early 70's. It has the adjustable agitator fins and is standard capacity. I think the next year they made the super capacity machines in that model. Kenmore always made a pretty good machine. I found them to be a little less versatile than those who had separate selectors for wash temp., rinse temp, agitation speed, spin speed and cycle selection. They selected it all for you with the push of a button, which is what many people prefer. Sta-Puf was another softer additive for the rinse that worked pretty much the same as Downy, but was not as thick. Kind of funny to imagine that 7 cents was all the discount you got with this coupon. How things have gone up since then....

Post# 955642 , Reply# 1   9/1/2017 at 18:20 (289 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

I agree, Bruce; the Lady Kenmores were full-featured, great washers. The timed dispensers were a nice touch--especially when using liquid chlorine bleach. Let the detergent do its work first, then add the bleach. These Lady K's were very quiet, as well.

Sta-Puf was already being eclipsed by Downy at this point, but have to admit I'm a fan of the thinner-viscosity softeners. Some of today's softeners are so thick they're encroaching on gel territory. No wonder agitator-mounted softener dispensers get gunked up so quickly.

As for the knit clothes....not a fan. I certainly remember their popularity in the early 1970s. Yeesh! They were everywhere. On the upside, I suppose they were a godsend for people who hated to iron.

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